Swan Notes

The smallest eider duckling is in with five tiny mallard ducklings.
The smallest eider duckling is in with five tiny mallard ducklings.

We have had great difficulty knowing where to put casualties when they arrive.

The weather has been so wet and chilly that we have not been able to put young birds outside. They also do much better if they have company and this can be problematic as just a week difference in ages between to ducklings, for example, means they cannot be put together as the older one will bully the younger one.

We have nine mallard ducklings which range in age from two days to three months old, two eider ducklings one five weeks old, one two weeks old. We also have five cygnets, three are two months old, one a bit less and one just a few days old.

All the very young ones are inside. The smallest eider duckling is in with five tiny mallard ducklings. This eider was by himself with a mirror last week but when the tiny mallards came in we put them together and they got on very well.

We tried to put him in with a cygnet that is only a few days old as we thought they were closer in size but the eider was having none of it and pecked the cygnet so the cygnet is by himself with a mirror to keep him company. Hopefully something else will come in so he can have some company.

If you find any bird in need of care it would be very helpful if you could bring it in.

We are there every morning (except Saturday) from around 9am till 12 noon, and again in the evening for about an hour but times vary so do give us a ring on 01289302882.